Hi. I am new to shutterbug and new to the Canon Rebel XT. I think this is probably a very basic question, but here it goes: My issue is the quallity of some of my prints. They have that digital, broken down look-I can't describe it but you know what I mean--a lack of clarity that comes with poor digital quality. I have had other digital camaras and never had this problem so I am sure it is my settings or something else very basic that I am doing wrong. The photos which turn out like this are ones that I am resizing on my computer and cropping. Can anyone give me advice?
Are you using a tripod? What camera settings are you using when shooting and how are you resizing and cropping? Specifically what are the pixel dimensions at each stage?
I have received a lot of e-mail about poor focus with digital cameras and in all cases, the problem has been camera movement. Be aware of your shutter speed at all times. Use a tripod or monopod when light is low, and as much as possible otherwise. It is very easy to be lulled by automatic cameras to the point that you trust them. They bite.
Success with Automatic Cameras
Exposure is really critical, specially if you are shooting JPEGs. Highlight detail once lost, can never be recovered. RAW takes more skill but has a significantly longer dynamic range and greater bit-depth, allowing finer tuning. In either case, the histogram is your best friend. Learn to use it - it is the greatest light-meter ever invented.
While auto-white balance is generally OK for daylight shots, other forms of lighting will probably fail. Any moderately high end digital camera has manual white balance. If you are shooting JPEGs, use it.
hi. A tripod was not used with the shots in question, but they were in focus and looked great on my computer screen. I am sure the problem is my altering prior to ordering prints. I have the camara's image recording quallity set at Large-Fine. The photos are usually over 3 MG (around 3456x3304, for example) in size and I am resizing them to approximately 75 to 100 KB or 648x432 or so. Now, the only reason why I resize is so that it doesn't take so long to upload onto York Photo or whichever online photo print place I'm using. All the photos which look crappy were cropped. What I don't remember is which I did first-crop or resize. Would that make a difference? Am I resizing them too small? thank you so much for responding!
Yes you are resizing too small for a decent size print. If you require an 8x10, they should be 2400x3000 pixels saved at close to maximum quality JPEG. 5x7 would be 1500x2100 pixels and 4x6 would be 1200x1800 pixels. Think 300PPI so you can fillow my math.
There is no free ride. A small file size isn't nearly enough pixels for a good quality print.
The other issue you may be having is to not do any editing and save as a JPEG. Always work on your image and make saves in uncompressed (like TIF) format. Only save as a JPEG at the final step after you correct color, contrast, sharpen (optional) and resize for desired output.
And when you are previewing, make sure to also view the image at 100% magnification to see if it's really sharp.
thank you! that makes sense to me. I'm sure I will have plenty of Christmas photos to try it out on.....happy holidays!